Pontiac, MI – A Pontiac woman has been charged with a felony after she punched an Oakland County sheriff’s deputy so hard on Sunday that she broke his orbital bone and the sheriff is furious that a judge released her for free.
Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said the incident occurred at about 7 a.m. on June 6 after the deputy responded to a call about a woman who was walking in traffic near East Pike and Woodward Avenue, waving her arms and talking to herself, WJBK reported.
Sheriff Bouchard said that when the deputy arrived in the area, he found 32-year-old Andrea Ariel-Jones Sheppard standing in the middle of Pike Street, so he got out of his vehicle and asked the woman if she needed help.
The sheriff said that Sheppard became belligerent and refused to identify herself to the deputy, WJBK reported.
He said she also yelled obscenities at the law enforcement officer.
When another deputy arrived on the scene, Sheppard approached his car, WJBK reported.
Sheriff Bouchard said Sheppard attacked the deputy before he even got out of his vehicle, punching him several times in the face and head.
The sheriff said she punched the deputy in the eye so hard that she broke his orbital bone, WJBK reported.
The deputy that she had just attacked pushed Sheppard back but she started to go after him again.
The other deputy on the scene deployed a Taser at Sheppard and she was taken into custody, WJBK reported.
The deputy Sheppard struck was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said the injured deputy is a 58-year-old, 29-year law enforcement veteran, the Royal Oak Tribune reported.
The deputy will be out of work for several weeks to recover from the injuries he sustained at the hands of Sheppard.
Sheppard was arraigned on Tuesday on one felony count of assaulting a police officer.
If convicted, she is facing up to four years in prison, the Royal Oak Tribune reported.
50th District Judge Ronda Gross ordered Sheppard released on a $1,000 personal bond, which means that the defendant didn’t have to put up any money.
Sheriff Bouchard was furious the deputy’s attacker had been released so easily, the Royal Oak Tribune reported.
“I am angry at how regularly people assault police officers today and how little attention or care they have in Washington for this,” the sheriff said in a statement. “In 2019, the FBI reported more than 56,000 police officers were assaulted.”
Sheppard’s next court hearing is scheduled for June 17, the Royal Oak Tribune reported.
It’s not the first time that Sheppard has been in the news for being in trouble with the law, WXYZ reported.
In 2016, she opened fire on a home that she had bought from the city at auction for $1,000.
Sheppard filmed herself firing a gun into the home as she held a baby in her arms, with her nine-year-old son standing next to her looking terrified, and streamed it on Facebook Live, WXYZ reported.
The video went wildly viral and Sheppard was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and reckless use of a firearm.
She told WXYZ at the time that she regretted making the video, but didn’t say she regretted shooting up the house with her children in her arms
“Deeply regret it, it was very irrational of me. In that time I felt like I was losing my livelihood, my children are my everything, I’m a wonderful mother, but the world has painted me to be this horrible monster mom and that’s not me,” Sheppard said.